Category Archives: Life in Switzerland

The Case of the Budgie in the Garden…

When I was a small child, my parents were enthusiastic potato-growers. At least my father was, I’m not sure Mum was quite as passionate about it but she did her bit bravely. We lived in a cottage flat with a … Continue reading

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September trees… #SilentSunday

The trees are just beginning to turn… I took some almost-autumn tree pics this week, and weather permitting, I’ll do some October pics with the same trees next month. Next week, we’re having A.J. Griffiths-Jones, with her choice of classic … Continue reading

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Sand Sculpture Festival

A couple of kilometres up Lake Constance from here lies Rorschach, a small town with a harbour and a lovely lakeside park. They’ve had an international sandsculpture festival there ever since 1999, the year of the big solar eclipse, when … Continue reading

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The #WritingLife, and summer in Switzerland…

It hasn’t been one of those glorious sunshiney summers here in N.E. Switzerland. We’ve had good days, bad days and downright disgusting days. Our lake is very high, but thankfully we escaped the worst of the flooding other parts of … Continue reading

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Take a walk in Switzerland… #SilentSunday

Here are a few pics from last week’s walks here on the banks of Lake Constance, in N.E. Switzerland. Next week, it’s Alison Morgan with her choice of Classic Comfort reads – see you then!

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Summer on the building site…

It’s the fourth of July – Happy Independence Day, if you’re celebrating today. Happy summer too, and here’s hoping we get one. Here in Switzerland, we’ve had bursts of heat followed by violent storms followed by days of drizzle… and … Continue reading

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Writing conversation during a pandemic…

‘Make your conversation real’, is one piece of general advice when you’re writing a book. ‘Don’t use conversation to dump information’ is another, and that one’s easy enough. Don’t write things like: ‘Do you remember how we visited your ninety-year-old … Continue reading

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(Almost) Silent Sunday – A Lake in Switzerland…

I’m lucky to live on the banks of Lake Constance, the second largest lake in Switzerland.(Photos from Pixabay.) Blue lake… I used to have nightmares about this kind of thing when my boys were at the teenage-pedalo stage… Sunset on … Continue reading

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Future plans and a #NewBook

It’s the holiday weekend in Switzerland, and we have a couple of bookish things to celebrate here in my flat. The first is something I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks – then on Friday afternoon an interesting envelope … Continue reading

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Can you read English? #joke

This was originally going to be a post about books. However, we’ll leave that for next week when I can spill all my news at once, and instead, we’ll have a post about English. Specifically, reading English. A few weeks … Continue reading

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